Things aren’t looking good for the Seattle Seahawks at the moment, at least offensively. A few months ago when the team traded for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, many believed they instantly became the favorite in the NFC to represent in the Super Bowl.
With an offense composed of Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Sidney Rice and Harvin the Seahawks were ready to contend for a championship. The offense looked to be extremely fast, versatile and feature plenty of diverse play-calling.
Well, two of those four cornerstones of the offense are not part of the picture right now.
Harvin is going to require hip surgery and could be out three to four months, which would take him into the November part of the season.
This injury cannot be overstated enough. The Seahawks will miss Harvin. Having missed over half of the season, the team will have to find that chemistry with Harvin that never quite got there in the first place.
Although the easy answer to his absence would be to say that they’ll be just fine with Rice and fellow wideouts Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, it isn’t going to be that simple. Rice is headed to Switzerland at the moment in order to receive non-surgical treatment to his knee.
While it is not out of the norm for players to get this type of treatment before the start of the season, Rice’s absence will be noted in a big way. Without their top two receivers for now, the Seahawks will only be able to practice certain packages at the highest level.
If Rice were to miss extended time or aggravate the injury further, Seattle will be in serious trouble. Tate and Baldwin are average receivers at best and the team would most likely have to switch up the playbook a bit. At this very second, like I said previously, things aren’t looking that great for the Seahawks.